Every motorcyclist knows that they’re taking on a bit of an extra risk when they ride a bike. They’re just more exposed if they get involved in an accident. This is why riding safely is so important and why drivers need to be aware of motorcycles.
But the risk may be larger than you thought. According to one report, motorcyclists were 29 times more likely to pass away in accidents than people in passenger vehicles. They calculated this by looking at how many people passed away per mile driven. Motorcycles do not make up the majority of auto accident fatalities, but they make up such a slim minority of miles driven that it increases the ratio and shows exactly what type of danger a rider is facing.
What can you do?
There are a lot of things you can do to keep yourself safe if you still want to ride your motorcycle. This begins with having the proper safety gear, such as a helmet and boots. You also want to become a defensive driver, as many of the accidents that cause severe injuries to motorcyclists are actually caused when drivers in other cars make mistakes. If you can anticipate those mistakes, you may be able to avoid being involved in the accident.
That said, it is not your obligation to avoid another driver’s mistakes and there’s no guarantee that you won’t be injured in a crash. If you are, you need to know how to seek financial compensation.